Breakroom Supplies

Primary Suppliers:

  • Staples
  • Office Depot
  • Amazon Business
  • Aramark
  • Costco

Market Share and Financial Performance:

Staples: Staples, another significant player, has been focusing on expanding its B2B segment. Specific financial details for 2023 are not disclosed, but the company continues to maintain a strong presence in the market through competitive pricing and extensive product offerings​ (Business Wire).

Office Depot: Office Depot’s market performance highlights steady growth, with strategic investments in its B2B services enhancing its breakroom supplies division. Detailed financials are less transparent but indicate a focus on efficiency and customer satisfaction​ (Business Wire)​.

Amazon Business: Amazon Business has rapidly grown its market share in the breakroom supplies sector, leveraging its robust e-commerce infrastructure. Amazon’s overall revenue and growth metrics show significant contributions from its B2B segment, though specific breakroom supply figures are not isolated​ (Business Wire).

Aramark: Aramark, a key player in the breakroom supplies market, reported robust financial performance in 2023. The company generated $18.26 billion in revenue, with a net income of $625.9 million. Its market capitalization stands at $8.84 billion, and the enterprise value is $14.76 billion. Aramark’s free cash flow improved to $183.23 million, and it managed to reduce net debt significantly​ (Business Wire)​​ (Stock Analysis)​.

Costco: Costco, known for its bulk sales model, has a solid footing in the B2B breakroom supplies market. Its financial performance is bolstered by consistent membership renewals and strong sales growth, though specific breakroom supply data is not isolated​ (Business Wire)​.  

Competitive Dynamics:

 

      • Staples competes by offering customized solutions for different business sizes and leveraging its vast network for efficient distribution. Its strategies include aggressive pricing and a focus on customer service to maintain market share​ (Business Wire)​.
      • Office Depot differentiates itself through personalized service and comprehensive solutions tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises. Its competitive edge includes a strong logistical framework and a diverse product range​ (Business Wire).
      • Amazon Business has rapidly grown its market share in the breakroom supplies sector, leveraging its robust e-commerce infrastructure. Amazon’s overall revenue and growth metrics show significant contributions from its B2B segment, though specific breakroom supply figures are not isolated​ (Business Wire)​.
      • Aramark focuses on offering a comprehensive range of breakroom supplies, including coffee, snacks, and eco-friendly products. Its strength lies in high client retention rates (95.5%) and substantial new business signings, reflecting a strong growth trajectory​ (Business Wire).
      • Costco competitive edge lies in its bulk pricing model, high-quality product offerings, and a loyal customer base. The company’s efficient supply chain and warehouse infrastructure also contribute to its market strength​ (Business Wire).

Industry Challenges:

  • Significant inflationary pressures and supply chain disruptions, leading to increased operational costs. These costs are frequently passed on to customers through higher prices for breakroom supplies. Customers often experience price hikes without corresponding improvements in service or product quality​.
  • Struggles with intense competition from both online and traditional retailers, which forces the company to increase prices to maintain profitability. Customers face higher costs as there are attempts to offset its own rising operational expenses​
  • Challenges related to digital transformation and fluctuating supply chain costs. These challenges result in higher prices for customers, as they try to manage their internal inefficiencies and maintain its marke
  • Complexities of B2B transactions and high service level expectations. These challenges often lead to increased prices for breakroom supplies as they compensate for the additional costs of managing these complexities​​.

 

Do you and your organization face these common problems in your procurement of office supplies?
  • Maintaining a Robust Core List Saving money while keeping the supplies your office uses most frequently in stock and in sufficient amounts is challenging. Compiling a core list of SKUs and pre-negotiating the best deal on those items with a vendor helps. But the process is time-consuming and labor-intensive, as is updating the list when patterns of supply use shift—or when vendors change their prices, as they periodically do.
  • Relying on Accurate Information Outdated, inefficient office supply management systems undercut attempts to gather data about your inventory in real time. Without efforts to limit access to the supply closet, for instance, or to use a tracking system to tell you who’s taking what and how often from the supply room, you’re only guessing when you reorder supplies.
  • Supporting the Company’s Growth Ensuring steady, sufficient office supply inventory is a key but often overlooked part of building the infrastructure your organization needs to succeed in new locations and new markets. But without accurate information or optimized spending in established locations, planning procurement of office supplies as the business expands will prove difficult and time-consuming.
  • Finding a National Supplier National suppliers can reduce lead times and save money while providing the supplies you need on time. But if you’re not a Fortune 100 enterprise, getting attention from top suppliers, let alone negotiating good terms with them, can be difficult. Smaller businesses in particular can’t always order in bulk or in advance as larger ones can.
  • Managing Office Supplies in Less Time Making inventory lists. Tracking supply usage. Communicating with multiple vendors. Checking shipments in. Reviewing and paying invoices. Procurement of office supplies demands a significant investment of time. Finding and maximizing opportunities to save time is essential to successful procurement processes.
Finding a National Supplier National suppliers can reduce lead times and save money while providing the supplies you need on time. But if you’re not a Fortune 100 enterprise, getting attention from top suppliers, let alone negotiating good terms with them, can be difficult. Smaller businesses in particular can’t always order in bulk or in advance as larger ones can.
  • Managing Office Supplies in Less Time Making inventory lists. Tracking supply usage. Communicating with multiple vendors. Checking shipments in. Reviewing and paying invoices. Procurement of office supplies demands a significant investment of time. Finding and maximizing opportunities to save time is essential to successful procurement processes.
Hubzone Depot is a Tier 1 Woman-Owned Office Supplier, an industry-leading group purchase organization (GPO) and procurement adviser. We equip you to meet and move past your office supply procurement and management challenges.
  • Buy From Our Ready-Made, Best-In-Class Core List Hubzone Depot members can choose from more than 1,500 core items at the lowest possible prices, negotiated using our significant group purchasing power. We update the core list quarterly, ensuring members continue to receive substantial discounts on the most essential supplies.
  • Get and Use Accurate, Real-Time Information Hubzone Depot helps manage our members’ office supplies. Our proprietary and innovative analytics let us monitor trends, track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and provide quarterly reviews so you can make office supply management adjustments in a timely and effective way.
  • Contribute Directly to Your Company’s Growth Hubzone Depot offers account management, ongoing reporting, and data analysis to let you achieve more with your procurement processes in less time. As a result, you are free to redistribute internal resources in ways that support the business’s other important areas and strategic goals.
  • Source from National Suppliers Hubzone Depot members, regardless of size, can procure what they need from some of the nation’s top office supplies vendors. We perform in-depth requests for proposal (RFPs) for our members, which saves them time and gives them access to leading providers so they can take advantage of these suppliers’ lower prices.
  • Manage Your Office Supply Inventory in Less Time Hubzone Depot’s comprehensive approach to your procurement of office supplies includes account management, ongoing reporting, an automated reorder process, and data analysis to ensure you’re not paying more than you should. All of these features help you achieve your office supply inventory management goals in less time and with less effort.

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Beyond our comprehensive approach to office supply procurement and management, Hubzone Depot also gives members:
  • Cost Certainty Our program’s pricing rarely changes. You can expect to pay equal or lower costs for your office supplies, making it easier to establish a reliable budget.
  • Elite Customer Service You can always bring your questions to our dedicated account teams and representatives from the office supplies vendors with whom we work. We don’t leave you to sort out procurement problems on your own.
  • Streamlined Implementation Implementing the new procurement and management process we develop with you ordinarily takes less than 30 days. We’ll also provide training in best practices so you’re sure to get the most value out of our contracts.
  • Increased Diversity Spend When you bring your office supply spending to Hubzone Depot, you’re choosing a Tier 1 HubZONE certified enterprise. We are certified by the SBA and WBENC. Your spend will help you quickly meet internal diversity spend goals or external, contractual requirements.

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